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Syracuse University officials announce 7 Board of Trustee members to join search for next chancellor

Joanne Alper, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, will head the search committee

Seven members from the Syracuse University Board of Trustees will serve on the committee to select the next chancellor.

Board Chairman Richard Thompson announced the selected board members through SU News on Thursday. Thompson asked Joanne Alper, vice chair of the Board, to chair the search committee. Alper is a 1972 alumna and retired judge.

Six other trustees will serve on the committee: Peter Horvitz ’76, Christine Larsen G’84, Robert Miron ’59, Judith Mower ’66, G’73, G’80, G’84, Deryck Palmer ’78 and Reinaldo Pascual ’85. Thompson will serve as an ex officio member and Elizabeth Breul O’Rourke, secretary to the Board, will serve as secretary to the search committee.

Chancellor Nancy Cantor announced on Oct. 12 that she plans to leave the university when her contract expires in 2014. The search to find SU’s 12th chancellor is expected to take between a year and a year and a half.

Thompson met with Senate Agenda Committee Chair Bruce Carter in October to discuss recommending faculty, students and staff for the committee. The Board formally establishes the search committee to select the next chancellor after consulting with the University Senate’s Agenda Committee on representation.

According to university bylaws, the committee must have “appropriate representation to students, faculty, exempt staff and trustees.”

Carter asked faculty in Wednesday’s senate meeting to consider nominations to the committee. He said he expected there to be about 20 people on the committee, including two undergraduates and one graduate student, with about an equal representation between the Board and faculty.

Once the senate committee completes and delivers its recommendations for review by the Board, a schedule of next steps will be released in December.

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